HOW TO JOIN 2023/2024

  • Season activities will commence in October 2023 - Exact date still to be confirmed
  • Registrations MAY NOT be accepted if enrolment numbers are reached
  • All members MUST complete a Proficiency Swim on Sunday 17th September 2023 (9.00am - 3.00pm)
  • New members MUST provide documentation (passport, birth certificate) confirming date of birth.
    • Under 6 Nippers must be 5 prior to 30th September 2023
      • Nippers younger can only join once they turn 5.
    • All payments MUST be made at time of registration.

Junior Age Groups

Listed below are the age groups members will be in for the 2023/24 season. These age groups are determined as at midnight on 30 September 2023.

Minimum Age

Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) states that a child may join any Surf Life Saving Club as soon as they turn five years of age.

As a result Maroubra Nippers is unable to accept membership of a child until they have reached the age of five years to comply with insurance requirements.

A child who reaches five years of age after 30th September may join nippers at that time for the remainder of the season; however, this child may be required to stay in the U6 nippers age group again the following season.

If you would like a child to join once they turn 5, please email Nipper Registrations to discuss.

Changing Age Groups

Maroubra Nippers  allows children to move up or down one age group for Nipper sessions if they wish to join an age group with their friends and/or other family members.

Before joining a different Age Group, each child must complete the relevant Swim Proficiency for the Age Group they wish to participate in.

Also note that Nippers can only compete in surf sports in the applicable age group as defined by their age.

Parents and/or Guardians are requested to mail Nipper Registrations prior to registration if they wish to join another Age Group.

2023/2024 Fees

Fee for all new (Under 6 to Under 13) and returning  (Under 6 to Under 14) Nippers:

  • $140 - first child
  • $130 - second child
  • $110 - each additional child

For new Under 14 Nippers (i.e. were not involved in nippers the preceding years) the fee is $250.

  • As part of the registration process you have the opportunity to redeem a NSW Active Kids Voucher  for each under-18 Maroubra SLSC member.
    • These vouchers can be redeemed to a maximum value of $50 each, and Maroubra SLSC is accepting these to help offset membership fees.
    • If you would like to use an Active Kids voucher you should download the details before proceeding further with this Maroubra Nippers registration process.
      • You must send a screenshot of the full ACTIV Kids Voucher to Nipper Registrations after registration has been completed online.
      • Once an Active Kids Voucher has been redeemed, Maroubra Nippers' policy does not  allow for a refund and/or transfer of the Active Kids Voucher if the registration is later cancelled and/or transferred to another surf life saving club.
  • We are asking for all new members advising style and size when sending their documentation to Nipper Registrations. We will have these available for collection on the first day of Nippers
    • Similarly for existing members wishing to purchase a spare rash vest or cap ($30 each) to also send a request along with payment to Nipper Registrations.
    • Note

Expectations of our Parents & Guardians

Following instructions from SLSA, only qualified Water Safety, Age Managers,  Age Assistants and COVID Marshalls are permitted on the beach with our Nippers this season.

  • We will require supervision for our Nippers, particularly for our youngest Age Groups, to ensure we can run our program and meet the requirements of SLSA.
  • To ensure we comply, it is requested that at least 1 member per family to have either a Bronze Medallion, Surf Rescue Certificate and/or an Age Manager/Age Assistants Award qualification
    • Minimum Requirement for Under 6 to Under 10 Age Group Parents & Guardians
    • Recommended for Under  11 to Under 14 Age Group Parents & Guardians
  • By registering your child, you are agreeing to complete this qualification and obtain a Working With Children Check (WWCC).
    • Note General Membership fee is $40 per person 
      • When a parent or guardian is registering as a General Member, please forward your child's name and Age Group to Nipper Registrations to ensure your registration is accepted.
    • Maroubra SLSC or Surf Life Saving Sydney Branch may conduct a further training session for Age Managers/Age Assistants Award course in October 2023.
      • Further details to be provided.
    • Alternatively you can complete at your own pace, the online Age Manager/Age Assistant Award training on the SLSA portal (under “eLearning”)
    • Please Note:  It is important you print, complete and submit your completed Age Managers Assessment Portfolio (attached) to your club. (Click Here)
  • You will also need to provide your Working With Children Check (WWCC)  
  • Please email our Age Manager Coordinator your expressions of interest.


  • Who should do this course?

    • This is a great opportunity for as many Nipper Parents to get the required SLS Training, and ensure they are formally trained for this season. 
    • Noting that only Parents with this SLS Award can be on the beach with the Nippers this season 
    • You need to be a SLSA financial member to do this course 
    • The Award is the training for all Age Managers and ALL the Age Assistants
    • This SLS Course is very practical, and is also delivered with a Workbook, that you will need to compete during the session as you follow the presenter. 
    • SLS Sydney has trained over 400 Nipper Parents in the last three years in this Course, and it has certainly benefited the Clubs and the Nippers when lots of parents put up their hand and do the course, and then bring that knowledge back to the beach. 

Important Notes

Situation Subject to Change Throughout the Season - Our Current Nipper program assumes the current NSW Govt Health guidance on Community Sport remains in place for the duration of the 2023 / 2024 season.

  • As the situation develops we may need to make further changes to our program.

Important Notice for Vulnerable People - We understand every family has its own individual circumstances.

  • While we will adopt reasonable precautions in line with NSW Govt Health and SLSA Guidance, each family needs to make its own decision on whether they want to participate this season.
  • Should a family decide not to join Maroubra Nippers for this season due to COVID concerns you will be treated as a returning member for the following season should you decide to re-join at that time.

Further Information